Revitalization efforts may be stalled at the Kingsdale Shopping Center, but retail development across the street on Tremont Road is progressing.

Revitalization efforts may be stalled at the Kingsdale Shopping Center, but retail development across the street on Tremont Road is progressing.

Tremont Place, a shopping center adjacent to the Arlington Crossing condominium development, has experienced brisk business with a Starbucks coffee shop that opened earlier this year and a Robeks smoothie store that opened June 21.

Robeks proprietor Jerry Luce, who is based in Cleveland, said the Tremont Road site is an ideal location for the first of three central Ohio franchises he will open this year.

"Demographically, it exceeds Robeks demographic criteria -- median household income, traffic pattern," Luce said. "Upper Arlington is also a very health-conscious community, so that's very value-added to us. It's a very close-knit community, so they support the businesses within the city limits."

The location, combined with the warm summer weather, have contributed to a successful launch, Luce said.

"We're doing at least two and a half times what a typical Robeks would do for an opening month," he said. "People are looking for an alternative to fast food and Robeks, with the wraps and the salads and the smoothies, it's a good fit."

Longtime Kingsdale tenant Alfred's Barbershop is expected to open by the end of the month in the space next to Starbucks.

"The next tenant who will open will be Elements for Women, which is in the remainder of the south building that is directly north of Robeks," said developer Rick Rhodehamel.

Elements for Women is a Miami, Fla.-based fitness club that offers yoga, nutrition counseling and other health and fitness services.

"They've just completed all their architecture and engineering and they're going to be in construction in the next seven to 14 days," with a planned Oct. 1 opening, Rhodehamel said.

The developer is also recruiting one or two tenants to fill a 2,000 square-foot vacancy on the far north of Tremont Place.

"We've got a number of proposed letters of intent," Rhodehamel said.

A 48-space parking lot behind the center has proven adequate for the development, Rhodehamel said.

"Both Robeks and Starbucks, the majority of their customers are kind of 'grab and go,'" he said. "(Parking) hasn't been an issue at all."

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